Thursday, December 17, 2009

Three laws: Arthur C Clarke & Issac Asimov

The readers of this blog already know my appreciation for the famous two (better to say "The two science fiction Gods"): Arthur C Clarke & Issac Asimov. Many a times I think after 100 years all of Clarke's work will become pure science and after 2000 years Asimov's fiction will become nothing but a shrewd detective story or thriller.

These two are also famous for their three rules about robotics and governing of science.

Asimov stated the three laws of Robotics. The oxford dictionary refers that he was the first to introduce the term Robotics for the first time back in 1941 in one of his stories named "Liar". Leave that; just read the three laws and then watch I,Robot::

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

2.  A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

3.  A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

What about Clarke? I feel his laws just tell us there is no alternative that science conquers the impossible. Here it goes::

1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

3.  Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Well, you keep on reading the rest of my blog. I have a Stephen King to finish...

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